Gary Barlow has revealed that he kept a food diary to stop himself eating so much following the split of Take That.

Speaking in a Zoom call with chat show host James Corden, the singer (49) opened up about his past struggle with managing his weight and his food intake.

"I had a rough period with food that I'm not proud of, where I really lost control of myself. I remember one particular day just thinking: 'How have I got here?’ I was just so disappointed with myself," he said.

"So, coming back from somewhere like that is a bit more serious than: ‘Oh, I want to lose a couple of stone here.’ It was more of a condition that just couldn’t continue.

"So, it started there for me and I turned my brain on to sorting out what I ate. The trouble is the food I love - Chinese, chips, crisps. They were giving me a couple minutes of a food coma, taking me out of the real world. It’s just not good, that."

He added that people trying to lose weight should keep a food diary, as keeping a record of what "naughty" food you eat might make you less likely to do it.

Barlow has previously said that Take That split in 1996 had an impact on his wellbeing.

Appearing on the Lorraine show in 2018 he said: "I was trying to kill off the popstar, that's what I was doing I was eating away what a popstar looked like. I was just killing him off. Stopped dying the hair, stopped buying nice clothes, just wanted to look the opposite, physically and mentally.

"2003 - it was the day when I just went, 'No, I’m not having this anymore, I’m going to change. I want to change, and I’m determined that this is not who I’ve become’."